vernonfelton

I'm bald. I've been riding since 1986 and writing about it professionally since 1997. I was Editor in Chief of Bike Magazine, as well as Gear Editor, Web Editor, Senior Editor and Editor at Large. I like pork.

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Jan 19, 2018 at 16:47
2 days
There's a Fine Line Between Clever and Stupid - Opinion
Riding and enjoying a bike....there's nothing wrong with that. Keep doing it, man.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 19, 2018 at 16:46
2 days
There's a Fine Line Between Clever and Stupid - Opinion
It wasn't just you. I agree the Minilla thing was a bit much, but there is a heartwarming battle moment when father and son are both death-roasting giant grasshoppers, over on Monster Island. Clearly, Toho was running out of monster plots...
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 19, 2018 at 16:44
2 days
There's a Fine Line Between Clever and Stupid - Opinion
@theobviousfaker: I guess this boils down to which bikes we consider the worthy all-mountain bikes of yesteryear. Even in 2014 or 2015 (good years, in my book) there was a pretty wide variety out there. I think Kona nailed it on the head with their Process 153 geo at the time. The bike was slated as "enduro" but was still a very good all rounder. It was more versatile than, for instance, the GT Sanction, which was one of the first legit mini DH bikes for enduro riders. The Trek Remedy of that time, by contrast, needed a much longer reach. So, in short, some bikes were way too steep and short, some were better balanced. Ultimately, though, what I'm saying is that not every rider or every trail is best served by bikes that are pushing the outer limits of long, low and slack. If a company makes a wide enough range of bikes--some with shorter wheelbases and others with longer wheelbases, then we've got balance. If brands, on the other hand, feel a need to grow every model in their line--to enduro-ize every model, so to speak--then we are back at the unhappy place of building bikes to all fit on one end of the riding spectrum. That would be just the mirror image of building everything super steep and short. There's a happy medium somewhere in between. That's what I'm saying. Cheers.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 17, 2018 at 21:33
Jan 17, 2018
What's the Deal With SRAM's DUB System? More Questions
@Gregorysmithj1: Fair enough. Since I haven't ridden or even touched DUB i can't offer any opinion about the quality or performance of the product. Nobody can, other than the people who've ridden it, which is why I turned to product managers who, at times, can have almost an entire season on a product before even us media hacks ever hear about the stuff. Furthermore, some product managers are massively opinionated, passionate and willing to say exactly what they think--in general, I like to hear their two cents on stuff...all of which made them interesting sources here and, really, the only sources outside of SRAM to talk to. So, in an effort to get the most balanced perspective at this very early juncture, I asked a few what they thought. What do i think (your real question)? Again, I've got zilch to say about performance and that'll be true until I've ridden a bunch of muddy miles with the stuff, but in general I like the idea of having one spindle size over a variety of bottom brackets; that just simplifies things. I hate press-fit bottom brackets--I've never been shy about that--and if (a big if) this adds durability to some bottom bracket configurations, I'll be happy about that turn of events. I'm glad that DUB doesn't require some new bottom bracket shell configuration....the world needs a new one of those like it needs a new version of herpes. I think SRAM could have saved themselves some grief by just calling it 29 millimeters. I think my first question points in that direction. I think they shouldn't have said in their video that DUB was backwards compatible, since one logical way of understanding that statement is to think that you can run DUB cranks on existing bottom brackets or DUB bottom brackets with existing cranks...neither of which is true. You can run DUB cranks and BBs on any existing MTB frame and that's, again, a good thing, but, yeah, the "backwards compatibility" part of their messaging was confusing, which is why I asked them about it. I'm curious as to why 28.99 proved superior to, say, 27 or 26 or 25 millimeter spindle diameters, but your guess as to why that's true or whether it's true is as good as mine. In short, I'd like to get on a set of the stuff and ride it for myself, abuse it the way I abuse everything else and see if it measures up. That's going to take some time. If any media outlet vomits up a "review" in the next two months, they will be doing everyone a disservice since it's going to take a lot longer than that to determine whether the claims of increased durability are true. Phew....that's my opinion, but I also know what people say about opinions.... Cheers.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 17, 2018 at 15:35
Jan 17, 2018
What's the Deal With SRAM's DUB System? More Questions
@Monstertruckermotherfuker: Or it could also be one person agreeing with another. It's a single word that says what it means. Call me crazy, but my mind doesn't immediately conjure up images of people having sex with one another. To each their own though...
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 17, 2018 at 13:09
Jan 17, 2018
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 12, 2018 at 7:38
Jan 12, 2018
We've Got Questions: Digging Deep at Enve
@makdthed: As a journalist my job is to ask the questions that are on my mind and on the minds of my readers. Do I consider what Pinkbike readers want to know? Damn skippy. Absolutely. I personally hating watching an interview and thinking, "How did they miss the obvious question?" Of course, you can't always think of every question at any given moment, but I try to ask the questions that I think truly matter. So, yes, I plan my interviews.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 11, 2018 at 16:10
Jan 11, 2018
We've Got Questions: Digging Deep at Enve
@joebmx88: Thanks for listening to the first podcast and glad you liked it. I've got a gang of audio to work through, but there is a lot of interesting commentary about the wheels, intellectual property, costs, etc. Should be worth a listen.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 10, 2018 at 10:19
Jan 10, 2018
We've Got Questions: Digging Deep at Enve
@thorsbane: Per my earlier response, we filmed several hours worth of footage and then were faced with the proposition of parsing it down to a digestible amount. A lot of commentary wound up on the cutting room floor--the inevitable and annoying part of the editing process--but will be included in the audio podcast. That extends to Sarah Lehman's discussion of intellectual property and the risk of losing it (or, really, having it stolen) when you have your product made overseas. Stay tuned.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 9, 2018 at 19:04
Jan 9, 2018
We've Got Questions: Digging Deep at Enve
@Soilsledding: I'm producing it though "producing" is sort of code for me yelling my way through hours of quality time with Audacity. Cheers. Sorta like what I did with the standards panel discussion.
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